Tuesday, 8 November 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
580. Mr. Stagg asked the Minister for Education and Science the reason it took three months to examine the stage 3 submission in respect of the required extension to a school (details supplied); if she has received the response to further information in respect of the stage 3 submission; and when this extension will be sanctioned. [32491/05]
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): The building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an early stage of architectural planning. The school in question was listed in my announcement of April this year as a project to progress through architectural planning up to pre-tender stage, that is, up to and including advanced architectural planning.
To bring this project to the required stage, my Department’s officials have requested and received various amendments to the stage 3 submission — detailed plans/costs — during the year. Most recently my Department’s officials wrote to the school authorities on 21 September with some further queries and a response has now been received. These will be examined as soon as possible and my officials will then be in further contact with the school authorities with regard to the next steps involved in progressing this building project.
Minister for Education and Science (Ms Hanafin): On 6 May 2005 my Department gave devolved authority for the project in question to proceed to tender and construction. This project went to tender at the end of September and my Department is currently awaiting the tender report.
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